AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, sunny, windy, cold. High 32. Wind northwest 20-35 mph. Tonight, clear, very cold, diminishing wind. Low 20. Wind northwest 8-15 mph. Saturday, variably cloudy, not as cold, flurry possible. High 42. Wind southwest 6-12 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, sunny, blustery, cold. High 30-33. Wind northwest 20-35 mph. Tonight, clear, very cold, diminishing wind. Low 18-21. Wind northwest 8-15 mph. Saturday, partly sunny, flurry possible. High 40-43. Wind southwest 6-12 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, sunny, windy, cold. High 30-33. Wind northwest 20-35 mph. Tonight, clear, frigid, diminishing wind. Low 17-20. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Saturday, partly sunny, not as cold, flurry possible High 41-44. Wind southwest 6-12 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, partly sunny, windy, very cold, a flurry. High 20-25. Low 10-15. Wind northwest 15-30 mph. Saturday, variably cloudy, flurries. High 30-35. Wind southwest 6-12 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, sunny, blustery, much colder. High 32-37. Low 20-25. Wind northwest 20-40 mph. Saturday, partly sunny, not as cold, a flurry. High 40-45. Wind southwest 6-12 mph.

Virginia: Today, sunny, windy, much colder. High 37-44. Low 24-32. Wind north to northwest 15-30 mph. Saturday, partly sunny, a milder afternoon. High 44-49. Wind southwest 6-12 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, mostly sunny, blustery, much colder. Wind north to northwest 15-30 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, sunny, blustery, much colder. Wind northwest 20-35 knots. Waves 2 feet on the lower Potomac, 2-4 feet on the Chesapeake bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 3.4 feet this morning and predicts the stage to fall to 3.3 feet Saturday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Sun

Rise: 7:26 a.m.

Set: 5:08 p.m.

Moon

Rise: 12:01 p.m.

Set: 12:01 a.m.

Mercury

Rise: 7:33 a.m.

Set: 4:57 p.m.

Venus

Rise: 4:51 a.m.

Set: 2:31 p.m.

Mars

Rise: 9:42 a.m.

Set: 8:47 p.m.

Jupiter

Rise: 11:40 a.m.

Set: 12:44 a.m.

Saturn

Rise: 12:26 p.m.

Set: 1:55 a.m.

Uranus

Rise: 8:40 a.m.

Set: 6:53 p.m.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Forecasts for Washington area, 202-334-9000 code 9100.

Long range regional forecasts, 703-260-0405.

Chesapeake Bay boating forecast, 703-260-0505.

Recreational and traveler's forecast, 703-260-0706.

Smithsonian Institution star/planet information, 202-357-2000.

Air Quality Index, 202-962-3299.